Kvyat says safety car robbed him of podium finish

Daniil Kvyat believes he deserved a podium finish in the Mexican Grand Prix, claiming the safety car period ruined his chances.

The Red Bull driver run in third place for most of the race, even though he could not keep in touch with the dominant Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

However, the late safety car period cased by Sebastian Vettel's accident meant Kvyat was caught by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

With the Mercedes engine in his car, Bottas had no trouble passing Kvyat down the straight.

The Russian believes the safety car robbed him of a certain podium.

"I think so," Kvyat said. "I don't know how Bottas was going on his prime tyres, but I was controlling him before the safety car quite easily. It's a shame, but this is life."

He added: "We had no pace on the straight whatsoever. Williams went full banana and they could pass us quite easily.

"I was very gutted, but it's still a very solid race for us as a team. Very solid points. We could have been on the podium today, we deserved it, but we can't complain."


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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Daniil Kvyat
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news